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STEM Symposium

The annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Symposium focuses primarily on public health and inter-professional collaboration. Free admission, except for dinner.

Friday, September 30
1 p.m. Welcome and introductions Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
1:05–2 p.m.

Lecture, discussion — “Improving Population Health in Kansas” by Eric Cook-Wiens ’99, Lawrence

Cook-Wiens has worked in the field of public health since 2005. He currently works for the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, a nonprofit organization in Topeka dedicated to improving health-care quality. He majored in both natural sciences and psychology and earned a B.A. from Bethel in 1999. He graduated with a Master of Public Health (MPH) in general epidemiology from the University of Michigan.

Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
2 p.m.

First panel discussion — “Improving Health Care through Collaboration among Professionals.”

Presenters are:

  • Jacy Barker, Wichita, nurse practitioner. Barker majored in psychology and nursing, receiving B.A. and BSN degrees from Bethel in 2007 and 2009, respectively. She has a master’s degree in psychiatric and mental-health nursing from the University of Cincinnati.
  • Melisa Cooper, McPherson, physician assistant. Cooper majored in natural sciences, earning a B.A. from Bethel in 1997. She also has a master’s degree from St. Louis University.
  • Miranda DeLuna, Wichita, urgent care and family practice physician. DeLuna majored in natural sciences and minored in chemistry, receiving a B.A. from Bethel in 1998. She earned her M.D. degree at the University of Kansas.
  • Tracy Ediger, Columbus, Ohio, pediatric gastroenterologist. Ediger has a B.A. from Bethel (1993), with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry, and earned M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. He will serve as panel moderator.
  • Jodi Runge, Newton, physical therapist, owner of and clinician for Foundations Therapy. She received her B.S. from Bethel in 2007 with a major in athletic training and minor in biology, and earned a DPT from Wichita State University.
Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
3:20 p.m.

Second panel discussion — “STEM-Related Careers: Health and Other Areas”

Matthew Burkey ’02 (see information below) and the six previous presenters will talk about their own career paths and answer questions that might help students think about their options for the future.

Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
4 p.m. Symposium reception

Refreshments, opportunities to meet the speakers, informal discussion

Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center
5:30 p.m. Dinner

Reservations must be made in advance. Contact Dwight Krehbiel. Tickets are $15 per person. Deadline Friday, Sept. 23.

Lounge, Mantz Library
Saturday, October 1
9 a.m.

Keynote lecture, discussion — “Meeting Population Child Behavioral Health Needs: Perspectives from Baltimore, Nepal and Rural Canada” by Matthew Burkey ’02, Williams Lake, British Columbia

Burkey is a public-health researcher and child and adolescent psychiatrist in Williams Lake, and an assistant in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. He majored in biology and Spanish at Bethel, earning a B.A. in 2002. Burkey has M.D., MPH and Ph.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins University.

Chapel, Ad Building
10–11 a.m. Coffee/reunion

Coffee and other refreshments for STEM alumni, students and guests (psychology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, physics, natural sciences)

Chapel, Ad Building